Tasty, easy prep one pot meal have this busy mompreneur's name all over them, especially during Fall. Nighttime comes fast this time of year and the last thing I want is to spend the last few precious moments of the day in the kitchen. It usually takes me some time to adjust when the time changes. The first couple of weeks leave me exhausted by the end of the day.
Planning quick and easy one pot meals helps me get a healthy dinner on the table fast with a little time left over to play. This recipe is one of my favorites because of it’s rich flavors and it includes two of my favorite’s chickpeas and sweet potatoes. Yum! Keeping Reading for this tasty recipe.
Here’s what you’ll need:
4 chicken thighs
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon turmeric
Two 15 oz cans chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 large sweet potatoes (about 2 cups) peeled, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
Usually, i find that that it's faster to dice on the cutting board with a knife. But I ran across this handy kitchen helper in my pantry as I was prepping my station. It was a gift from last Christmas that i had never opened. I decided to give it a try and see if it made prep any faster. Well of course it took me a few minutes longer because i had to un-box and figure out how to assembly.
Assembly was very simple. Most of the time was spent removing packaging. I only had to attach the handle and the lid. The results were worth it! My red onion was finely diced with a only a few turns of the handle. This hand kitchen helper will have a permanent space within arms reach in my kitchen.
Here are the chickpeas along with the chicken because they were not quite ready to join the party above.
Season chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. In a large cast-iron Dutch oven or pot, heat oil. Brown chicken thighs all over. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat. Add onion to pot.
Saute until lightly browned, about 6 minutes
Stir in remaining ingredients until well mixed
Cover and bring to a boil. Return chicken to pot. Simmer until thighs are cooked through and sweet potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make spinach rice. (See recipe below). You can substitute for quinoa, couscous, or any of your favorite grains
Wild Rice w/ Spinach
2 cups water or broth
1 cup wild rice
1 tablespoon butter or oil
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup fresh spinach chopped
½ medium onion
2 teaspoons fresh garlic grated
Bring water to boil in medium sized pot. Add rice. Cook 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Fluff with a fork. Set aside. Heat oil and add onion to skillet. Sautee for 4 minutes. Add spinach and garlic. Sautee' 4 minutes. Add rice and mix well.
Makes 4 Servings
Now my family of 4 is ready for dinner! Can’t wait for you to try it. Come back and let me know how you liked it in the comments below.
'til next time
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